Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Spaghetti Westerns 20 Movie Pack|
Actor: Lee Van Cleef; Jack Palance
SPAGHETTI WESTERNS 20 MOVIEPACK
Similarly Requested DVDs
Twenty More Euro-Westerns, Featuring "The Bad"..
R. Webb | u.s.a. | 05/10/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The face on the cover is most recognizable to those familiar with the Spaghetti western genre,Lee Van Cleef is featured on four of these twenty films from Mill Creek dvd co.. The steely-eyed actor stars in "Beyond The Law","Death Rides A Horse","God's Gun",including an uncut version of "Grand Duel", the uncut version makes this film a much better movie,the plot is more in sink. These Van Cleef films are also better transfers than seen before,including widescreen versions of Grand Duel and Beyond The Law. There are a few almost unwatchable films on here,"China 9,Liberty 37",still remains edited and the audio is muffled on the dialogue,too bad it's a Monte Hellman classic. "Apache Blood" an American film, is known as the worst film or western ever made,watch for yourself,if you can make it through it. "Gunfight At Red Sands",one of the first spaghetti's ever made,the transfer is butchered,like watching an old silent film,in some scenes the motion is fast,everything and everyone moves in double time. The Lee Van Cleef westerns are worth the price of admission alone,along with a few other gems,"Johnny Yuma","Minnesota Clay","White Comanche","The Fighting Fist Of Shanghai Joe",a combined martial arts/western tale,look for a deranged Klaus Kinski in his usual psychotic role. Overall for the price this set is a winner,especially if you like fast on the draw,hardcore Italian Westerns,featuring great music scores,also check out The Fast,The Saved,And The Damned collection."
Try a REAL Italian (Western)
Frank Jewett | 02/12/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Excellent mix of Spaghetti Westerns. If you like the Van Cleef, Palance and Ernest Borgnine approaches to life, you'll LOVE this set of movies. My grandson--age 2-1/2-- figured out that the good guys ride white horses and wear white hats. 'Nuff said."
Worthwhile 'Mixed Bag' of Spaghetti westerns
Geisterzug | 07/03/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My main reason in purchasing this collection was another online review that indicated one or two of the movies were widescreen prints in great condition. Indeed, this is the case - most importantly Sergio Corbucci's excellent MINNESOTA CLAY; which exists elsewhere in terrible condition on other DVD collections and as a single DVD (Unfortunately, the original Italian ending for this movie - according to Alex Cox's book on Italian westerns - isn't present here - but this is still an excellent print). Also - ARIZONA COLT - here with it's international title of THE MAN FROM NOWHERE is in great shape, with a couple of irritating 'jumps' towards the end, but with what appears to be additional footage spliced in from a German print (made obvious by a sudden drop in picture quality). FIND A PLACE TO DIE is also a great widescreen print, with its haunting Gianni Ferrio theme song and atmospheric locations. Some colour fading at times and an ending that looks a little truncated. JOHNNY YUMA - again, in fabulous condition. From my point of view, these movies alone in this kind of condition made the purchase worthwhile (although I bought mine second hand via Amazon as opposed to the full price).
Other stand-outs include THE FIGHTING FIST OF SHANGHAI JOE - which reveals itself to be actually MY NAME IS SHANGHAI JOE (Il Mio Nome e Shanghai Joe) with one of Bruno Nicolai's best music scores. A shame that it's in 4:3 rather than in widescreen, but the over-the-top nasty violence (including arm splintering and eye gouging) seems intact - with a great OTT performance by Klaus Kinski. BEYOND THE LAW - not one of my favourite spaghetti westerns (but with a great music theme by Riz Ortolani) is also in great shape in this collection, with good colour - compared to the various other releases in muddy colour and terrible framing.
DEATH RIDES A HORSE - one of my favourite spaghetti westerns - is in 'serviceable' condition here, but is in no way comparable to the official single DVD release, which is not only in pristine widescreen, but contains material that appears to have been cut from this version.
Some bummers here, as you might expect. WHITE COMMANCHE exists on other collections - and whereas the novelty value of William Shatner in a spaghetti western might draw your attention - the utterly lousy music score will put you off in the first two minutes. GUNFIGHT AT RED SANDS - with one of Ennio Morricone's first scores - is in an appalling state, looking like a video to DVD transfer ten generations removed from its original source. If this is your main attraction to this collection, look elsewhere - because it can be found in a much better state on other releases.
I haven't reviewed the other titles yet (most of which I have individually or on other collections) although I'm hopeful that the prints will be as good as the first titles I've mentioned. On that basis, I'd recommend this collection - but not at the full price requested."